CARIBBEAN Junior Girls’ badminton champion Priyanna Ramdhani, has reached across barriers to play in the Men’s doubles and made it all the way to the final with partner, Avinash Odit, in the GUMDAC Annual Open Doubles, when the 2017 badminton season commenced last Wednesday. Played at the National Gymnasium, the first day of competition also saw Ramdhani win in the Ladies’ doubles, where she teamed up with Greer Jackson. In the open Mixed doubles she will join forces with Jonathan Mangra.Due to lack of competition in the Ladies’ division, Ramdhani is being allowed to play in the men’s competition to keep up her top form, according to a press release from the Guyana Badminton Association.Though unusual, it is not the first time something like this has been done. In squash, Guyana’s Nicolette Fernandes has played in the men’s competition before.Ramdhani and Odit made it into the final after ousting Marlon Chung and partner Ronald Yen in 21-15, 21-16 semi-finals match-up.The duo also had an earlier win when they took out veterans George Melville and Leslie Lui 21- 11, 21-15.The other men’s doubles semi-final win went to Nicholas Ali and partner Jonathan Mangra. Ali and Mangra won 21-18, 21-18 sets against the pair of Gokarn Ramdhani and Javid Rahaman.In other wins in the quarter-finals Chung and Yuen defeated Tyrese Jeffrey and Akili Haynes 21-7, 21-10, while Gokarn and Javid prevailed against Stephan Murdilall and Haymant Ramdhani 21-9, 21-13.In the only Ladies’ doubles match of the day Priyanna and Jackson triumphed 21-5, 21-9 over Emelia Ramdhani and Ayanna Watson.In the open Mixed doubles final Priyanna and Mangra will take on Ali and Jackson.Priyanna and Odit were on opposite ends in their Mixed doubles match-up. Odit teamed up with Angelica Holder and lost 19-21, 12-21 to Priyanna and Mangra.The tournament continues tonight at 18:00hrs with play-offs in the finals and third-place matches along with the presentation of prizes.The tournament, being played for the 5th year, is sponsored by GUMDAC through Managing Director Darrell Carpenay, who is also an executive on the GBA.
Published on November 26, 2016 at 9:08 pm Contact Chris: [email protected] | @ChrisLibonati PITTSBURGH — Former Pittsburgh head coach Johnny Majors slipped between people congregated outside the Pitt locker room. He marched with his head down and, to no one in particular, he boomed about the game he had just watched.Haven’t seen anything like it in my 48 years of coaching, he said as he walked through the high-ceiling bowels of Heinz Field.FBS football hadn’t seen anything like it either.Syracuse (4-8, 2-6 Atlantic Coast) and Pittsburgh (8-4, 5-3) combined for 137 points on Saturday — an FBS record — in the Panthers 76-61 victory over the Orange. While the 76 points allowed was a school record for SU, it reached new heights offensively as well. The 61 points were the most points a Dino Babers-coached Syracuse team scored all season. Quarterback Zack Mahoney narrowly missed a few records, finishing 42 yards shy of SU’s single-game passing yards record, two completions short of SU’s record for completions in a game and five attempts short of Ryan Nassib’s attempts record in a game.Mahoney completed 43-of-61 passes for five touchdowns and an interception. The quarterback’s performance turned on that interception. The SU quarterback played better after it, allowing SU to click better offensively.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“He threw that pick-six and came off the field with his shoulders down and all of that stuff. I told him, ‘If you don’t throw the ball, we can’t win,” Babers said. “So we are going to keep throwing the ball and if you throw a pick-six then you just throw a pick-six. But the next throw is going to be a touchdown. We can’t win without you. You are going to throw and you are going to throw well.’“I don’t know exactly what he did after that but I think he did a little bit better.”Syracuse came out of the half down, 35-21, and Pittsburgh was set up to receive the half’s opening kickoff. The Panthers had scored touchdowns on their previous four drives and it appeared SU wouldn’t be able to stop the Pitt offense. After allowing a quick first down on two plays, the Orange forced two incomplete passes and stuffed James Conner for a 1-yard gain.Mahoney dropped back to pass on third down and, looking to avoid the Panthers’ pass rush, tried to quickly throw the ball to the left sideline. Pitt’s Dane Jackson returned the interception for a touchdown and put the Panthers up, 42-21.With Syracuse down, 56-34, Mahoney and wide receiver Amba Etta-Tawo went on a run of their own. Etta-Tawo finished off Syracuse’s final three drives of the season with a touchdown on each. In those drives, Etta-Tawo hauled in a combined six catches for 100 yards and three touchdowns. The touchdowns pushed his game total to five and his season total to 14, setting a program record for receiving touchdowns in a game and tying the program’s season touchdown receptions record.“Reality set in for the team,” Etta-Tawo said of what flipped the offense’s struggles in the prior three games. “The team realized that it was the seniors’ last game.”After the interception, Syracuse scored 40 points — more than it had scored in a game all year — in fewer than 30 minutes. In all, Syracuse racked up 668 yards. Its 440 passing yards and 228 rushing yards both set highs during Babers’ tenure as head coach.“We just started clicking,” Mahoney said. “I think when I saw them getting tired and us clicking, it was a big morale booster.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+
Facebook Twitter Google+ Syracuse football named Zach Arnett its new defensive coordinator on Saturday, filling the full-time vacant since former coordinator Brian Ward’s firing at the tail end of the 2019 season.Arnett comes to SU from San Diego State, where he held the defensive coordinator position under head coach Rocky Long — who also interviewed for the SU vacancy — for the 2018-19 seasons. He also coached linebackers, which Ward did at SU.“He learned under a great defensive mind in Rocky Long at San Diego State and excelled when he got the opportunity to run the defense there,” Dino Babers said, via an SU Athletics press release. “His qualities, both as a person and as a professional, are an excellent fit for our program.”Arnett spent his entire coaching career to date with the Aztecs, beginning as a graduate assistant in 2011 before being promoted to coaching linebackers in 2014. He played the same position at New Mexico from 2005-08. In 2019, Arnett’s defense ranked top 10 in the nation in rushing defense, scoring defense, interceptions, first downs allowed, total defense, passing efficiency defense and turnovers gained.It’s unclear at this time if Arnett will be empowered to shape the defensive staff, which remains intact since Ward’s firing, or if he will be tasked with leading the current crop of positional coaches.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text Comments Published on January 11, 2020 at 1:32 pm Contact Andrew: [email protected] | @A_E_Graham